Why do you write what you do? I write picture books, because that is my life right now! I have five kids ranging from 3 to 11 years old and they all enjoy a good picture book. I love reading and writing picture books because it's perfect for our chaotic house--I can almost always find just a few moments to read or write a short story!
How does your writing process work? My writing process is erratic. I write when I find a quiet or not so quiet moment and I usually have no idea what's going to happen in the story until I'm typing it. I never know how the story is going to end, except for the few stories that I actually told my children before I wrote them down. One of them, is "The Raindrop Who Couldn't Fall", my debut picture book that is coming out this fall...
What is the hardest part about writing? The hardest part about writing is the dozens of rejections. The form letter rejections are the worst! But I actually get kind of excited about rejections that are personal. At least the really read the story, right?
What scares you? I guess I'm scared of letting the momentum of life make my choices for me. I want to make sure that I'm fully present. I don't want to look back and regret how I spent my time. I want to be able to say, I focused on my kids and my family and what's truly important in life.